Kandersteg Local Customs

  • Cow Migration in May 2008
    Cow Migration in May 2008
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  • I definitely sensed a herd mentality...
    I definitely sensed a herd mentality...
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  • Surprised passer-by encounters cows
    Surprised passer-by encounters cows
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    Hiking Signs

    by travelfrosch Updated Mar 6, 2011

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    Hiking Signs

    Throughout Kandersteg (and most other places in Switzerland), you will notice many yellow trail signs indicating various destinations. Signs are marked with the amount of time it takes to hike to a location, rather than the straight-line distance. Remember that "Std." means "hours" -- for example, in the picture, you'll notice one sign says "Allmenalp -- 2 Std. 15 Min.", which means it takes 2 hours and 15 minutes to walk to Allmenalp.

    One other aspect to notice about the signs is the color at the tip of the arrows. If a sign is all yellow, this is a "wanderweg," or walking trail, suitable for most walkers. If, however, a sign has a white-red-white tip, this is a "bergweg," or mountain trail. This means the trail has very steep uphill and downhill portions, and may not be suitable for beginning walkers. So, in our Allmenalp example, you'll notice it's a "bergweg." If you haven't hiked in the Swiss Alps before, you might want to try an easier trail until you get used to the exertion.

    Once you're on the trail, you'll see both signs and trail markers. "Wanderwegs" are marked with yellow diamonds, normally painted on trees or rocks. "Bergwegs" are marked by white rectangles with a red stripe across the middle.

    As always, before setting out, be sure to check with your hotel and/or the tourist office to get the latest updates on trail conditions.

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Hang Gliding

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    Migration of the Cows

    by travelfrosch Updated Feb 8, 2009

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    Cow Migration in May 2008
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    About 5:00 AM, we awakened to what sounded like rushing water at first. As it came closer, it was clear the sound was cowbells. It happened to be the day the farmers decided to move their cows from the lower pastures around the town to the higher pastures near the Oeschinensee. They do this so the lower pastures can be harvested for hay, so the cows can remain fed during the winter.

    I was just learning how to use our new camera in "night" mode, so unfortunately the pictures are a bit blurry.

    UPDATE: I added some photos of a daytime cow movement caught in May 2008. It didn't have quite as many cows as the morning migration a couple of years ago, but you can get the idea with some less blurry photos.

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
    • Trains

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    Kandersteg Recycles

    by Rhondaj Updated Jun 14, 2006

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    Be a conservationist!

    Don't be wasteful! Kandersteg recycles glass (by color), paper, and tin. There's a collection center down by the train station. Also the Coop grocery store has two collection bins for plastic and milk cartons. If you're staying in a chalet, there's a good chance your landlord will provide you with a compost pail.

    Trash has to be put into specially marked bags that you buy at the grocery store. (I can't remember price per bag-sorry) Then you place these bags in marked huts placed every so often street-side. (can't miss em-they look like tiny chalets but stink like the trash that's inside them. Also, they are heavily covered with advertising posters)

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    Local brews

    by Rhondaj Updated Jun 14, 2006

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    I'll have a Fruegelfrosschen.

    Ruegelbrau, Feldschlossen, and Quoellfrish were just some of the many local beers we tried out, but these 3 were the most abundantly available.

    Bob actually has the nerve to ask the bar servers where ever we are if he can buy a beer glass or ashtray, etc. with the logos. Do you know they ALWAYS just say ?, "Go on and just take it." Most times, wrapping it up for him too.

    The funniest episode was when we were ordering out at the restaurant next door to our chalet. The waitress did not speak english, and I had to interpret my husband's and daughter's wishes to her. My husband said, " I'll have what I had here the other night,....a..a Fruegelfrosschen.....large." (He combined the names of the 3 beers into one!) How could I enterpret that?! I just said, "Ein grosses bier bitte."

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    • Beer Tasting

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    It's a Family Affair

    by Rhondaj Written Aug 23, 2004

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    Most families let their lawns and fields grow quite high. Then just before rain they all mow it , using either a machine or scythe. Whole families can be seen gathering up and storing the hay. ( No need for a gym club in this town!)

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    A Nightly Ritual

    by Rhondaj Written Aug 23, 2004

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    Every evening after dinner we would take a stroll around the village. We came to notice that EVERY field comes equiped with a resident cat. One cat per field. Besides being hunters, they must also be pets, because they were not people shy.

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    What's Wrong With a Little Fresh Air?

    by Rhondaj Written Aug 11, 2004

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    Stifling Hot!

    We were extremely lucky with the weather. It was warm and sunny for most of the trip. This meant though, that the trains really warmed up on the inside. Most had no air-conditioning. So naturally we opened our windows. But we came to notice that most of the Swiss (especially the elderly) did not like the open windows. Very strong minded Swiss folk (and there were a lot) would get up and close all the windows. (Even ours!)

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    • Family Travel
    • Trains

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Kandersteg Local Customs

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Even in a tourist-oriented place like Kandersteg, you can get a peek at local culture and customs if you look closely enough.

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